Friday, September 30, 2011

Splitcoast Challenges

I managed to have a few hours to stamp today and was able to participate in both the Free for All and Queen for the Day challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  I used Rubbernecker stamps for both of my designs.

The Free for All challenge is to incorporate color blocking in our design, using patterned paper.  I used papers from my Good Neighbor stack by Stampin' Up.  I watercolored the umbrella with Rose Red and River Rock and then I stamped the French Script background over the umbrella.  The sentiment is a partial one.  The entire sentiment reads "Sing in the Rain, Dance in the Sun, Dream in Your Garden."  I added pieces of this 1/8" black and white ribbon by Stampin' Up to my color blocking to define and accent the lines.

Stamps: Umbrella (#40-22), Garden Phrase Set (#508) by Rubbernecker
Paper: White, Good Neighbor designer paper (SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rose Red, River Rock
Accessories: black with white piping ribbon, A Cut Above Die by Verve, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Sizzix Scribbles Swirls die, dimensionals, black brads, sponge dauber

Dawnmercedes was chosen as Queen for the Day.  I cased her Broken Lawn Mower card for my next design.  We are required to make changes in our design so that it is not an exact duplicate of the Queen's.  Things I changed are:

1. sketch layout
2. colors
3. placed my Primas across top of image panel
4. added purple rhinestones within the stamped image

For those of you who know me, purple is one of my favorite colors.  My friend, Joanne, knows this and has blessed me over the years with many purple-icious embellishments.  On this card, I used the purple Prima flowers and rhinestones she gave me.  I used Stampin' Up markers to color directly onto my image and then stamped the image onto the white cardstock.

Stamps: Wild Garden Border 04 (#539-03), Laughing (#504-01) by Rubbernecker
Paper: White, Black, Purple stripe dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Stampin' Up markers (Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Summer Sun), purple rhinestones, purple Prima flowers

Yours in laughter,

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dolce Stamps & Cards and CCEE Stampers' Challenges!

This will be a rather long post because I have two challenge cards to share with you today.  You definitely don't want to miss out on the first one with Dolce Stamps and Cards because there are goodies attached with this challenge.  Scroll down further to see my CCEE Stampers' challenge.

Yes, it's time, again, for another Dolce Stamps and Cards Thursday challenge!

Every other Thursday Dolce Stamps and Cards will be holding a fun, new challenge that will be chosen by one of the Dolce Stamps Design Team members, so get ready to have some stampin' fun and prizes!

Each month Dolce Stamps and Cards will also be featuring a different stamp company that the design team will be using for their challenge inspiration and this month we are featuring the awesome
IMPRESSION OBSESSION stamp line.  The winner of the challenge will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Dolce Stamps And Cards Online Store which is full of all kinds of awesome stamping goodies.

In addition to the $10.00 gift certificate, the winner will receive an "I Won A Dolce Stamps And Cards Challenge" badge for the sidebar of their blog and their card will be featured during the announcement of the following challenge for all to see.

So here we go...
This week your challenge has been brought to you by Ellen and she is challenging you to create a card using fall colors. This week's keywords are DSAC02 for your public galleries and/or blogs.

Here's my design using the Northern Lighthouse image by Impression Obsession.

I used a technique called Emboss Resist for my fall color lighthouse scene. I stamped the image with Versamark and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then applied the various colors of Ranger Adirondack inks (Butterscotch, Cranberry, Pesto, Ginger, Denim) with sponge daubers, wiping off the excess ink to reveal the image of the lighthouse scene.  I used my ScorPal to create the dot-line-dot impression on both sides of the image panel.

Now, this is important, so please read:

To be eligible to win these amazing prizes you must first become a follower of the Dolce Stamps And Cards Blog and if posting to your blog, be sure to mention that your card is for the Dolce Stamps and Cards Thursday Challenge. If posting to a public forum (such as Splitcoast Stampers or Paper Craft Planet) please be sure to use the challenge keywords in your post (listed above) and if posting to a blog, you must place a direct link back to the Dolce Stamps And Cards Blog and must post only the link to your entry, not your entire blog in the linky widget. Your challenge entry must also be a new creation, no back links to an older card, links that do not follow these rules will, unfortunately be deleted and not eligible for any prizes that might be offered.

But wait, we are even going to sweeten the pot and give you an additional chance to win this week's prizes, all you have to do is use an IMPRESSION OBSESSION image on your challenge entry card.

Also, please be sure to check out the rest of Dolce Stamps Design Teams' creations and leave them some comment love (there is a link to each of them on my sidebar).

Here's a list of the supplies I used to make my card:

Stamps:    Northern Lighthouse by Impression Obsession
Ink:  Ranger Adirondack Inks:  Butterscotch, Ginger, Cranberry, Pesto, and
Paper:   Very Vanilla, Festive Variety Pack
Embellishments:  Nailheads, More Mustard Ribbon
Tools:  Versamark, Judikins Clear Detail Embossing Powder, sponge daubers, heat tool

I hope you're still with me because now I'd like to share my challenge card for the CCEE Stampers.  Cindy Haffner challenged the team (and you, if you'd like to play along) to make a card using some kind of postal mark whether it be a postage stamp, postage card, postage edge...pick one or pick them all!!

For my CCEE card, I went with more of a subdued vintage look.  I used Rubbernecker's Paris 1908 set to create this card.  I've had the designer paper in my stash forever, and I really don't remember if this was Stampin' Up designer paper or not (sorry).  I inked up the couple image with Bravo Burgundy and stamped it off a couple times before stamping it onto the Very Vanilla cardstock as I wanted more of a watermark look for that image in order to stamp the postal mark over it.  The Eiffel Tower image is also a part of this set that I stamped, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals.  I also stamped what I call the Splatter image from this set in Bundled Sage over the main image and on the designer paper under the Eiffel Tower image.  I used the sketch design from yesterday's sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

Please be sure to visit our CCEE Stampers' blog and see the fabulous creations Shirley, Tosha, Frances, Cindy, and Joanne made, too!

Here's my supply list for this card:

Stamps:  Paris 1908 (SKU #527) by Rubbernecker
Paper:  Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, unknown designer paper
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy, Bundled Sage, Vintage Photo
Accessories:  Marianne Design Creatables (little flowers), Pinking Circles Small and Large Nestabilities, dimensionals, blender tool, pink pearl flourish

Thanks for hanging in there for this entire post!  I'd love to hear your comments!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday's Worktable

I'm baaaaaaaack!!!   Thank you to everyone who has sent me a card or e-mail with well wishes for my recovery.  I'm pretty much back to my old self and my stamping mojo is making a come back, too.  I ain't lion!!!  Hee!   Here's the design I made for my weekly Wednesday's Worktable over on the Rubbernecker blog.  I have all the details listed there.  Isn't this lion cub adorable?

I hope you'll stop back tomorrow for the Dolce Stamps and Cards blog hop challenge we have going on and that you'll be able to join us! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beautiful Flowers from Beautiful Friends

As some of you already know, last week one of my best friends and I took a trip to the east coast to see the sights and meet a couple other stampers.  Unfortunately, my trip was cut short due to my becoming ill and requiring emergency surgery to remove my gall bladder.  I did get to meet Joanne (YAY!!!) but was not able to meet Julia or Anne (WAAAAH!)  I truly hope another opportunity will present itself when I can meet Julia and Anne, too.

Therefore, I haven't felt well enough to make cards to share with you, but I did want to share pictures of a beautiful bouquet of flowers I received from five very dear friends.  What a bright spot to my day!

The orange roses are exquisite! I like the fact, too, that the flowers are in a ceramic pumpkin container (with lid) that I can use and think of my sweet friends when I do.

Thank you, Cindy, Patty, Shirley, Joanne, and Traci!

I plan to share a few trip photos  and hope to be back to stamping very soon!

Have a great day!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dolce Stamps & Cards Challenge!

I'm away today and can't play, but I wanted to tell you about the new challenges being started every other Thursday on the Dolce Stamps and Cards blog.   Each design team member will take a turn issuing a challenge.   You can get all the challenge details and see the creations here.

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday's Worktable

(click on photo for larger view)

This is Rubbernecker's Fashion Diva, Jeanne, and I had so much fun paper piecing her dress.  More details are available on the Rubbernecker blog. 

Thanks for visiting, and I appreciate your comments!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cindy Haffner challenged the CCEE Stampers to make a circle-shaped card and include stitching.  I used my circle and lacey circle Nestabilities for my card.  I hand stitched the black and white baker's twine on the half circle sentiment panel.

I colored the Dotted High Heel (by Rubbernecker) with Copic markers and added pink gemstones to the dots on the shoe strap. The entire sentiment reads "If the shoe fits....buy it in every color."  If you'd like to play along in our challenge and see the cards Joanne, Shirley, Tosha, Frances, and Cindy made, visit our CCEE Stampers blog!

My next card is one I created for Dolce Stamps and Cards using this koi fish image by Local King Rubber Stamps.

After I heat embossed the koi fish (one with Winter Wonderland white and one in Sapphire
embossing powders), I sponged Brocade Blue ink over the fish.  I hand cut the fish and popped
them up on dimensionals.  You can find the rest of the card details on the Dolce Blog here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunflowers Galore!

I love sunflowers!  I remember our family seeing field upon field of beautiful sunflowers in Kansas one hot August vacation many years ago.  My memories of that vacation is what inspired me to pull out my Rubbernecker sunflower image for my card today.

(you can always click on the photo for a larger view!)

My card is being featured on the Rubbernecker blog as a part of my weekly posting to that blog, if you'd like to see a close up of the sunflowers.